MDA Leading Business Trip to Germany and Poland
Jackson, Miss. (February 22, 2013) – The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will lead a business development mission to Germany and Poland from May 20-24, 2013. MDA invites Mississippi business representatives to participate in the trip, which is designed to connect Mississippi companies looking to expand trade and create business relationships with opportunities in the two markets.
“Germany and Poland are two markets that have grown significantly for U.S. companies in recent years. In Poland alone, the value of U.S. imports increased 250 percent from 2000 to 2010, while Germany remains one of the top importers of U.S. goods to the European Union,” said Aggie Sikora, MDA’s European trade specialist. “In addition, both countries are key strategic locations for expansion into the European Union and developing Eastern European markets.”
Qualified participating small businesses are offered financial incentives through the U.S. Small Business Administration-funded Mississippi State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) grant program to help offset certain costs related to the trip. The STEP program reimburses eligible businesses up to 50 percent of their travel costs, including airfare and lodging, and provides translation services at no cost. Additional services include scheduled appointments with prospective, qualified buyers, local transportation assistance and a customized itinerary.
“MDA has established contacts in Germany and Poland that will pre-qualify the buyers, distributors and other business representatives that will meet with the members of the Mississippi delegation. We also provide administrative support before, during and after the trip to help ensure participants can take full advantage of the business opportunities available to them in Germany and Poland,” said Sikora. “I strongly encourage Mississippi businesses interested in expanding trade into these two markets to take advantage of this cost-effective opportunity by joining us on the upcoming Central European business development mission.”
Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and early registration is recommended. The deadline to register is March 29, 2013. Interested parties can also visit mississippi.org/services/international/ to learn more about the agency’s international marketing services and events or to request a consultation with an international trade specialist.